Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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Arkansas moves to protect worship during emergencies

Religious Liberty | Legislators take long-term lessons from pandemic lockdowns
by Steve West
Posted 2/01/21, 04:23 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic showed that governors have enormous power to rule by edict during wartime-like circumstances. After seeing restrictive lockdown orders in other states shutter churches, a group of Arkansas legislators enacted new legislation to prevent executive overreach.

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New blows to pandemic worship

Religious Liberty | Courts rebuff challenges to Nevada and California COVID-19 restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 1/26/21, 01:10 pm

A federal appeals court on Friday refused to set aside California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s near total ban on indoor worship. And on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a further challenge to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s restrictions on indoor worship.

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Court shields Catholic health providers from transgender mandates

Religious Liberty | The Biden administration may undo religious protections
by Steve West
Posted 1/25/21, 04:50 pm

A federal judge in North Dakota on Tuesday ruled in favor of Catholic healthcare providers who challenged Obama-era requirements that they offer gender transition procedures and cover them under their insurance plans. The decision offers hope that religious organizations can find shelter from transgender mandates under the 1993 federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). But a new order from the Biden administration complicates the picture.

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